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Princeton's WordNet

  1. proneadjective

    having a tendency (to); often used in combination

    "a child prone to mischief"; "failure-prone"

  2. prone, prostrateadjective

    lying face downward


  1. proneadjective

    Lying face downward; prostrate.

  2. proneadjective

    Having a downward inclination or slope.

  3. proneadjective

    Shooting from a lying down position.

  4. Etymology: From pronus.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. PRONEadjective

    Etymology: pronus, Latin.

    There wanted yet a creature not prone,
    And brute as other creatures, but indu’d
    With sanctity of reason, might erect
    His stature, and upright with front serene
    Govern the rest. John Milton, Par. Lost, b. vii.

    Upon these three positions in man, wherein the spine can only be at right lines with the thigh, arise those postures, prone, supine and erect. Thomas Browne, Vulgar Errours.

    Down thither prone in flight
    He speeds, and through the vast ethereal sky
    Sails between worlds. John Milton, Par. Lost, b. v.

    Since the floods demand,
    For their descent, a prone and sinking land:
    Does not this due declivity declare
    A wise director’s providential care? Richard Blackmore.

    The labour of doing good, with the pleasure arising from the contrary, doth make men for the most part slower to the one and proner to the other, than that duty, prescribed them by law, can prevail sufficiently with them. Richard Hooker.

    Those who are ready to confess him in judgment and profession, are very prone to deny him shamefully in their doings. Robert South, Sermons.

    If we are prone to sedition, and delight in change, there is no cure more proper than trade, which supplies business to the active, and wealth to the indigent. Addison.

    Still prone to change, though still the slaves of state. Alexander Pope.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Proneadjective

    bending forward; inclined; not erect

  2. Proneadjective

    prostrate; flat; esp., lying with the face down; -- opposed to supine

  3. Proneadjective

    headlong; running downward or headlong

  4. Proneadjective

    sloping, with reference to a line or surface; declivous; inclined; not level

  5. Proneadjective

    inclined; propense; disposed; -- applied to the mind or affections, usually in an ill sense. Followed by to

  6. Etymology: [L. pronus, akin to Gr. , , Skr. pravana sloping, inclined, and also to L. pro forward, for. See Pro-.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Prone

    prōn, adj. with the face downward: bending forward: headlong: disposed: inclined or sloping.—adv. Prone′ly.—n. Prone′ness. [O. Fr.,—L. pronus; cog. with Gr. prēnēs, prone.]

Rap Dictionary

  1. pronenoun

    Exessively large breast on a woman; Large man breasts, created and often used by Phil P. Also said as Tig Ol' Bitties. And we'd all like to see your Tig' Ol Bitties... -- Lil' Jon & The Eastside Boyz featuring Ying Yang Twins (Get Low) reverse the letters "T" and "B" in "Tig Ol' Bitties" to see where the term comes from...

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of prone in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of prone in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of prone in a Sentence

  1. Jay Schweikert:

    The application of this doctrine to people in a prone position is an area where we could use more clarity from the court, but it's hard to get clear, bright-line rules in this area of the law.

  2. Juvenal:

    Refrain from doing ill for one all powerful reason, lest our children should copy our misdeeds we are all to prone to imitate whatever is base and depraved.

  3. Plutarch:

    The first evil those who are prone to talk suffer, is that they hear nothing.

  4. Otis Brawley:

    Survival analysis is prone to some biases, which can mislead even the most experienced of clinical trialists.

  5. Chris Remington:

    We'll likely see net out versus net in, but I don't see any impetus for it to go either direction in a big way. The hotter money prone to leaving is probably gone already, and the moderation in the outflows from the summertime supports that view.

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  • عرArabic
  • propens, procliu, predisposatCatalan, Valencian
  • anfällig, in Bauchlage, schräg, geneigtGerman
  • πρηνήςGreek
  • postrado, de bruces, decúbito pronoSpanish
  • دمرPersian
  • altistettu, kallistunut, vatsallaan, kasvoillaan, vino, rähmällään, viettävä, altistunut, kallistettu, kallellaan, taipuvainen, makuultaFinnish
  • enclin, couché sur le ventre, prédisposéFrench
  • cenderung, rentanIndonesian
  • prone, legge seg flatNorwegian
  • prono, inclinadoPortuguese
  • лежащий ничком, предрасположенный, склонный, лицом вниз, лёжа, наклонныйRussian
  • پریشانUrdu

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    either of two different animal or plant species living in close association but not interdependent
    • A. inexpiable
    • B. usurious
    • C. commensal
    • D. tenebrous

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